Former Governor of Oyo state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja has cleared the air on the reason he was not at the Obafemi Awolowo stadium, venue of the swearing-in of new Governor of the state, Mr. Seyi Makinde on Wednesday.
Ladoja disclosed that he was mourning and adequately put Makinde in the know, when he (governor) visited him, 24 hours to his inauguration.
This was disclosed in a press statement signed and made available to journalists by Ladoja’s media aide, Alhaji Lanre Latinwo.
The statement said the former Governor stayed away from the inauguration venue in order not to dampen the spirit of the celebration.
According to the statement, “the death of 31 years old Debola Ladoja, a promising son of the former Governor of Oyo State exactly five years on 29th of May this year was responsible for the absence of the Ibadan high Chief Rashidi Ladoja”.
The former Governor according to Latinwo “kept the reason to himself in order not to dampen the high spirit of the people around him, who had prepared ahead of the inauguration.
“This fact was made known to the Governor himself when he visited the Osi Olubadan on Tuesday evening. People should therefore stop insinuating wrong impression here and there,” Latinwo warned.
This had cleared the rumour in some quaters that all might not be well with Ladoja and Makinde, weeks after the former spearheaded a coalition that ousted the former ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
Two former governors of the state, Dr. Omololu Olunloyo and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala were among the former helmsmen who were in attendance, including former Governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti) and a host of other Yoruba leaders across the Southwest.